A traffic stop for a burnt light led to the arrest of 2 Crowley men on narcotics charges. The incident occurred at 11:39 pm on May 6, 2013.
An officer on patrol in the area of Spann Ave and West 8th Street, observed the violation and proceeded to make a traffic stop on the vehicle. As the officer engaged his emergency lights and siren, the vehicle fled from the officer. With the assistance of other officers, the vehicle was stopped after a short pursuit.
"The officers immediately took both the driver and the passenger into custody for officer safety" stated Chief KP Gibson. "As the officers detained the occupants, the strong smell of what officers believed to be Marijuana was observed".
Officers arrested the driver for the traffic violation as well as flight from an officer. After placing the driver under arrest, a search was completed on the vehicle where over 14 ounces of Marijuana, small plastic bags known for selling illegal narcotics and a scale were recovered. In addition, the passenger of the vehicle also had marijuana on him.
"The 14 ounces of Marijuana along with the scale and plastic bags were located in the immediate control of both persons occupying the vehicle, thus both were charged with the narcotics violation" stated Chief Gibson.
Arrested were: Orlando Lewis, 22 of Crowley and Tromone Davis, 20 of Crowley. Both men were charged with PWITD Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Monies Derived from Drug Proceeds. In addition, Lewis was cited for the burnt tail light and resisting by flight as the driver of the vehicle. Both men were booked into the Acadia Parish Jail.